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How to Watch Sword Art Online? Easy Watch Order Guide

Sword Art Online is an anime that’s a dream come true for every gamer.

An almost undefeatable main character, epic boss fights, out of this world gameplay, and of course, attractive gamer-girls, all encapsulated in a series with gorgeous animation.

The animation of Sword Art Online is exceptional, and regardless of whether or not you enjoy the story and its characters, the entertainment quotient never goes down.

How To Watch Sword Art Online? Easy Watch Order Guide
Sword Art Online | Source: Netflix

The anime has 3 seasons and 86 episodes, none of which are fillers.

Sword Art Online was quite controversial when it started airing and has polarized opinions regarding its plot and characters. Still, the anime gets really good after season 2.

So, give it a watch and decide for yourself which side of the argument you side with!

1. Release Order

I. TV Series

  • Season 1: Sword Art Online (2012)
  • Season 2: Sword Art Online II (2014)
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online (2018)
  • Season 3, Part 1: Sword Art Online: Alicization (2018–19)
  • Season 3, Part 2: Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld (2019–20)
  • Season 3, Part 3: Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Part 2 (2020)

II. Movies

  • Sword Art Online: Extra Edition (2013)
  • Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (2017)

III. ONAs

  • Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet: The Third Episode – Pilot-ban (2018)

IV. Specials

  • Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline (2013)
  • Sword Art Online: Extra Edition (2013)
  • Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline – Extra Edition (2014)
  • Sword Art Online II: Debriefing (2014)
  • Sword Art Online II: Sword Art Offline II (2014)
  • Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale – Sword Art Offline (2017)
  • Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet: The Third Episode (2018)
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online – Refrain (2018)
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Reflection (2018)
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Recap (2020)

V. Upcoming Series

  • Sword Art Online: Progressive (date not confirmed)

2. Where to Watch Sword Art Online

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3. Chronological Order

  • Season 1: Sword Art Online
  • Sword Art Online: Extra Edition
  • Season 2: Sword Art Online II
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
  • Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale
  • Season 3, Part 1: Sword Art Online: Alicization
  • Season 3, Part 2: Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld
  • Season 3, Part 3: Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld 2nd Season

4. Conclusion

The recommended order of Sword Art Online is its chronological order. You can watch the specials, but they’re either recaps or one-shots that are irrelevant to the main plot.

Sword Art Online - Official Trailer
Official Trailer of Sword Art Online

5. How Much Time Will It Take To Watch?

It will take you 93 hours and 10 minutes to watch all the installments in

This includes all the TV series, movies, ONAs, and specials.

If you follow the chronological order, you can complete the series in 46 hours and 51 minutes.

Here’s a quick list of each installment and their run time in order of their release:

  • Sword Art Online – 575 minutes
  • Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline – 99 minutes
  • Sword Art Online: Extra Edition – 101 minutes
  • Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline – Extra Edition – 13 minutes
  • Sword Art Online II – 552 minutes
  • Sword Art Online II: Debriefing – 24 minutes
  • Sword Art Online II: Sword Art Offline II – 117 minutes
  • Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale – 119 minutes
  • Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale – Sword Art Offline – 14 minutes
  • Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet: The Third Episode – Pilot-ban – 3 minutes
  • Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet: The Third Episode – 3 minutes
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online – 384 minutes
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online – Refrain – 23 minutes
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization – 576 minutes
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization – Recollection – 24 minutes
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Reflection – 24 minutes
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld – 276 minutes
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Recap – 24 minutes
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Part 2 – 264 minutes
  • Sword Art Online: Progressive – unknown

6. About Sword Art Online

At the launch of the game, 10,000 people had connected themselves to the virtual reality of Sword Art Online. The plot takes a twist when people realize that they can’t quit the game.

Protagonist Kirito, a pro gamer and was present for the beta launch of SAO, starts planning to clear levels as soon as possible. Throughout his quest to finish the game, he meets many friends and also a love interest, Asuna.

The plot and the whole premise of the show are remarkably unique and quite believable in some futuristic sense.

Originally Written By Epic Dope

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